GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. –
Grand Junction’s alcohol retailers, like many across the country, are seeing an increase in sales. The reason? Retailers say has to do with the current climate regarding public health; everything from drinking while being bored at home, to stocking up for concerns of businesses closing.
Monday, Denver’s mayor Michael Hancock, issued a “Stay-At-Home” order. Meaning in part, non-essential businesses need to close their doors by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. Shoppers lined up to make beer-runs amid the news. Only hours later, the city of Denver clarified – liquor stores (and pot dispensaries) were excluded. Significant because, liquor stores, at least to the city of Denver (and for now) are considered essential.
Local liquor stores are taking the events of Monday, and the past few weeks seriously. Stores are asking patrons to observe social distancing, cleaning and wiping counters as often as possible, and bringing attention to delivery services. The owner of Country Club Liquor, Dennis Lebsock, says he feels lucky to be in business. “We are fortunate to be one of the businesses that still gets to function.”
When asked what would happen if they were forced to close during the pandemic, all agreed: It would be a situation that’s bad for business and consumers alike.